Spain: Local Distrib Update

LOLAFILMS

Topper: Andres Vicente Gomez

Share: 8.9%

Gross: $23.9 million

Number of films: 12

Who said Gomez had abandoned local filmmaking? Spain’s most international producer did socko thanks to Spanish-lingo record-breaker “Torrente 2” ($18.7 million), and slasher “Tuno Negro”($2.0). English-lingo pic, “Girl From Rio” proved slight ($37,000). Far higher hopes for Manuel Gomez Pereira’s upcoming “Off Key.”

LAUREN FILMS

Topper: Antonio Llorens

Share: 8.2%

Gross: $21.9 million

Number of films: 30

Spain’s top indie — and Miramax distribber — hasn’t had it easy. Some films clicked: “Scary Movie” ($10 million), “Chocolat” ($6.8 million), “Crouching Tiger” ($5.3 million), but “Spy Kids” bombed bigtime. Fall bets: “Scary Movie 2” and “Titus.”

SOGEPAQ

Topper: Fernando Bovaira

Share: 5.9%

Gross: $15.7 million

Number of films: 5

Sogepaq’s biggest year ever, with Warner Sogefilms putting out “What Women Want” ($9.6 million), “Chicken Run” ($4.7 million), “Bless the Child” ($2.4 million). Capping it all, “The Others”‘ enormous first three-day $3.3 million.

SHERLOCK MEDIA

Topper: Enrique Perez Font

Share: 5.5%

Gross: $14.8

Number of films: 16

Manga’s theatrical arm, Sherlock saw a mixed year. “Traffic” circulated ($5.0 million), “Family Man” ($3.2 million) and “Dr T and the Women” ($2.1 million) stalled. A huge amount riding on next year’s “Ali” and “Gangs of New York.”

SOGEDASA

Topper: Julio Fernandez

Share: 4.0%

Gross: $10.6 million

Number of films: 15

Star-powered “Autumn in New York” ($6.7 million) outperfed for the Filmax distib arm. Otherwise, middling results. “Love’s a Bitch” grossed $1.0 million — Latam pics are still a hard sale in Spain.

AURUM

Topper: John Gibbons

Share: 2.9%

Gross: $7.7 million

Number of films: 11

New broom Gibbons has focused on Aurum’s belt New Line output deal. Three films made numbers:”Frequency” ($3.8 million), “Lost Souls ” ($3.2 million) “Little Nicky ” ($3.0 million). “Blow” took some: ($1.8 million).

TRIPICTURES

Topper: Felipe Ortiz

Share: 2.2%

Gross: $5.9 million

Number of films: 6

Had its traditiional annual big pic success “The Mexican” ($4.5 million off 20 days), showing that Spaniards are a soft touch for big stars. “The Body” had frailer legs: ($2.7 million).

ALTA CLASSICS

Topper: Enrique Gonzalez Macho

Share: 1.5%

Gross: $4.0 million

Number of films: 22

Spain top artpic distribber saw many local casualities, levened by Montxo Armendariz’s “Broken Silence” ($1.54 million) and “No Shame” ($0.6 million). A Film Four output deal could rock well with Peter Cattaneo’s “Lucky Break.”

NIRVANA

Topper: Emilio Oliete

Share: 1.1%

Gross: $2.9 million

Number of films: 19

Niche pic consortium Nirvana disttrribbed Spanish sleeper “El Bola” (amagnificent $2.6 million). Otherwise, hard-pounding.

ARABA FILMS

Topper: Inaki Nunez

Share: 0.7%

Gross: $1.5 million

Number of films: 9

One powerful local hit : femme revenge shocker “Killers Queens” ($2.5 million). Far more discreet results for up-scale foreign fare such as “The Old Man Who Read Love Stories” ($0.7 million).

VERTIGO FILMS

Topper: Andres Martin

Share: 0.5%

Gross: $1.5 million

Number of films: 18

Trad French artpic distribber scored best with Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Weight of Water” ($1.1 million, and counting). Upbeat perfs for “The Taste of Others” ($1.5 million) and “Harry Is Here to Help” ($0.4 million).

NEW WORLD

Topper: Jaime Comas

Share: 0.4%

Gross: $1.1 million

Number of films: 6

U Film/Filmax combo pumped $1.79 million out of “Under Suspicion” but saw disappointments such as “Memento” ($0.9 million).

GOLEM DISTRIBUCION

Topper: Pedro Zaratiegui

Share: 0.3%

Gross: $0.9 million

Number of films: n/a

Frequent Asian pic distribber, Golem did well with Lars Von Trier’s “Dancer” ($1.6 million). Best other perf: Iran’s “The Circle” ($300,000 million).

PLANETA 2010

Topper: Adolfo Blanco

Share: 0.2%

Gross: $0.5 million

Number of films: 4

A stealthy new entrant in distribution, Planeta received some encouragement from “Ed Gein” ($480,000) and “Help, I’m A Fish” ($540,000). But its ambitions run far larger than this.

FLINS AND PINICULAS

Topper: Luis Rodriguez

Share: 0.1%

Gross: $0.4 million

Number of films: 1

No beginners luck for the start-up shingle. First bow: “Maybe Baby” ($380,000). Shares and B.O. gross for Jan.-July 2001. Titles mentioned, Aug. 2000-Aug. 2001. Source: ICAA. $1 Pta 185.

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